Courier

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This page is about the Courier mechanics, for other uses see Courier (Disambiguation).
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Animal Courier
Animal Courier Radiant model.png
Animal Courier Radiant model.png
Animal Courier Dire model.png
Unknown Unit icon.pngUnknown Unit icon.png
Ancient Courier
Level 0
Health 75
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 0
Magic resistance 0 %
Movement speed 380
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 350350 (G)
Bounty 175 (+ 175)
Experience 0
Model scale 1
Notes Has inventory & backpack
Spell immune
Phased
Respawn time: 120
Abilities:
Return to Base (Courier) icon.png Return to Base
Go To Secret Shop (Courier) icon.png Go To Secret Shop
Return Items (Courier) icon.png Return Items
Retrieve Items (Courier) icon.png Retrieve Items
Transfer Items (Courier) icon.png Transfer Items
Flying Courier
Flying Courier Radiant model.png
Flying Courier Radiant model.png
Flying Courier Dire model.png
Unknown Unit icon.pngUnknown Unit icon.png
Ancient Courier
Level 10
Health 150
Health regeneration 0.5
Armor 10
Magic resistance 0 %
Movement speed 450
Follow range 100
Turn rate 0.5
Collision size 8
Vision range 300300 (F)
Bounty 175 (+ 175)
Experience 349
Model scale 1
Notes Has inventory & backpack
Spell immune
Respawn time: 180
Abilities:
Return to Base (Courier) icon.png Return to Base
Go To Secret Shop (Courier) icon.png Go To Secret Shop
Return Items (Courier) icon.png Return Items
Retrieve Items (Courier) icon.png Retrieve Items
Transfer Items (Courier) icon.png Transfer Items
Shield (Flying Courier) icon.png Shield

A Courier is a unit that transports items from the shops to the heroes. A walking Unknown Unit icon.png Animal Courier can be recruited for a team by purchasing the Animal Courier (Radiant) icon.png Animal Courier. It upgrades automatically at 3:00 minutes of the game to a Unknown Unit icon.png Flying Courier. There is only one courier for the whole team. Each player can assign orders to courier that will cancel the current action unless shift-queued. It is possible to resume item delivery for other players by right-clicking the "Deliver Items" button (a blue arrow) and selecting the team mate.

Inventory[edit]

Like a hero, the courier possesses 6 inventory slots and 3 backpack slots. However, it has restrictions. Almost every item gets muted when in the courier's inventory, rendering all their stats and abilities disabled and unusable for the courier. Muted items are darkened out in its inventory. The following items are not muted:

However, only a few of them can be actually used by the Courier.

  • The courier can use Tango (Shared) icon.png Tango (Shared), Cheese icon.png Cheese and Refresher Shard icon.png Refresher Shard.
  • The courier benefits from the health regeneration granted by Ring of Regen icon.png Ring of Regen, Ring of Health icon.png Ring of Health and Perseverance icon.png Perseverance.
  • The courier has no mana pool and mana regeneration. So Sage's Mask icon.png Sage's Mask, Void Stone icon.png Void Stone and the mana regen part of Perseverance icon.png Perseverance are useless for it. This also means that it cannot use Town Portal Scroll icon.png Town Portal Scroll.
  • The courier is not able to place or share Observer Ward icon.png Observer Wards and Sentry Ward icon.png Sentry Wards. Trying to do so will give the "Item is not usable by Couriers" error message.
  • It also can activate Dust of Appearance icon.png Dust of Appearance and Smoke of Deceit icon.png Smoke of Deceit, but the last does not affect the courier.
  • The Bottle (Full) icon.png Bottle can be "used". Using it puts it on its short cooldown, but does not use up a charge and does not regenerate. This goes for using it on self or on allies with the CTRL key.
    • Besides this, a non-full Bottle slows the Flying Courier's movement speed by 30%. This effect stacks with multiple non-full bottles in its inventory.
    • Along with that, the Courier can neither pick up runes, nor put them in the Bottle.
  • Despite not being muted, Gem of True Sight icon.png Gem of True Sight does not provide True Sight when carried by the Flying Courier.
  • It is possible to buy a Divine Rapier icon.png Divine Rapier with the Flying Courier and it can drop the Rapier. However, it cannot pick it back up again, as it cannot pick up Rapiers in general. It cannot pick up the Aegis of the Immortal icon.png Aegis of the Immortal either.
  • Both Gem of True Sight and Divine Rapier are dropped when a Flying Courier carrying them is killed.

Abilities[edit]

Unknown Unit icon.png Animal Courier Unknown Unit icon.png Flying Courier

Spell interactions[edit]

Couriers are spell immune and ancient units, so that their spell interactions fully apply.

On top of these two, the courier has its own unique type, which prevents certain spells from affecting it. These lists contain only interactions caused by this unit type, ignoring the spell immunity and ancient unit type. This means all spells not listed can affect couriers, but may be prevented by their spell immunity or ancient unit type. This also means spells listed in here would still be unable to affect couriers, even if they pierce spell immunity or are able to affect ancient units.

Couriers are not considered heroes, meaning they are completely unaffected by hero-only spells, just like regular creeps.

The Unknown Unit icon.png Flying Courier behaves the same as the Unknown Unit icon.png Animal Courier, with the exception of Proximity Mines icon.png Proximity Mines. They are not triggered by flying units, nor do they take damage.

  • Spells marked with one asterisk (*) are also prevented by spell immunity.
  • Spells marked with two asterisks (**) are also prevented by the ancient unit type.
Abilities unable to target/affect courier-type units

These abilities have mixed behaviors with couriers:

Abilities partially unable to target/affect courier-type units

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]